One of the bigger position battles of Virginia Tech's preseason has apparently been decided.
The Hokies announced Monday redshirt freshman Logan Thomas will be Tyrod Taylor's backup, while sophomore Ju-Ju Clayton will be third on the depth chart. The decision comes two days after Thomas out-played Clayton in Tech's first open preseason scrimmage.
Thomas was 9-for-17 for 82 yards in Saturday's scrimmage while Clayton was 3-for-8 for 36 yards. In a previous, closed scrimmage Thomas was 2-for-9 for 20 yards and an interception and Clayton was 6-for-11 for 71 yards and two interceptions.
In a release, head coach Frank Beamer said the decision was made now in order to allow Thomas to be better prepared for the start of the season:
"We're fortunate to have two quality back ups at quarterback, both of whom are at a stage that they can go in and win a game for us," Beamer said. "We felt the decision needed to be made at this time to give our No. 2 quarterback more reps in practice."
I think both quarterbacks are from being ready to lead the team, but Thomas winning the job means he is the future for the Hokies at quarterback and will likely be the starter next season. He's an incredible athlete and, as the coaches have said before, will get playing time this year whether it's at quarterback, tight end or H-back.
More reps can only be a good thing for Thomas' development as a quarterback. It also helps for him to have someone like Clayton behind him to push him for playing time.